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Second Stage Lensmen (Lensman Series) [Paperback]

E. E. Doc Smith , Chris Foss
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; New Ed edition (9 Aug 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586038469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586038468
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward E. Smith wrote the seven classic novels in this series during the late 1940s and early 1950s. They went on to become worldwide bestsellers and to inspire a new generation of science fiction writers and film producers' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera at its greatest 6 Jun 2001
This is the fifth book of the Lensmen series. The social attitudes are old fashioned, the science is outdated, and the language is florid, but it is still a great read.
This is the third book to describe the exploits of Kimball Kinnison. These books are the core of the Lensman saga. Starting with Galactic Patrol the excitment is non-stop through to the end of Second Stage Lensman.
If you like action on a grand scale, this is a must read, but start with Triplanetary, First Lensman, or Galactic Patrol first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this third! 30 Mar 2009
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
I (and many others) believe the best place to start with Doc Smith's "Lensman" series is Galactic Patrol; and as I've said why, at length, in my review of that opus, I won't repeat it here.

Furthermore, if you've already read "Patrol" and Gray Lensman with enjoyment, you'll hardly need my urging to continue.

This is nonetheless probably the weakest of the four main Lensman novels, mainly because of Smith's often-noted discomfort with female characters. It is a curious reflection on his powers as a writer that he can make a thoroughly convincing — even likeable! — character of a thirty-foot, crocodile-headed, winged python with eyes that come out on stalks, but can't manage the matriarch of a tribe of human Amazons (from the planet Lyrane II).

We cannot, to be sure, be surprised that Kinnison's skills at handling females are so deficient: after all, he's spent his formative years galumphing around the Galaxy in search of the arch-villain Helmuth, not hanging out like a normal teenager. Military genius he may be, but socially he's still an adolescent.

(Although... perhaps he's not *quite* as inexperienced as all that? Exactly what *were* his experiences as a Cadet with that "bedroom-eyed Aldebaranian hell-cat", the stunningly beautiful Dessa Desplaines? Whatever they were, they obviously left quite an impression: Kinnison — normally unflappable even by outré developments like hyperspatial tubes materialising in the same room with him — is reduced to a jelly at the mere thought of meeting her again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service 19 Nov 2013
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the book delivered very quickly, book was in virtually new condition, brilliant, really this is the grandest of space operas, if a director could do it justice in say an epic 3 film series it would make Star wars look like the ravings of a backward nerd who smoked too much baccy
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very good it was a joy to see that this was in such very very good shape it was a nice surprise
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